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The Great Fire of London!

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Thursday 28th April 2016


Well what a busy 3 weeks we have had! This half term is flying by.


In English the children have been thoroughly enjoying the story of the Grunt and the Grouch. We began our topic by finding a tent in the field with lots of jars with yucky things in and a book.




Finding the tent!

We have had lots of fun with this book. The children have written wanted posters for the Grunt after the police sent Miss Doran an email asking for help him finding him. The Grunt text Miss Doran looking for advice on how to be nice so the children wrote letters to him and told him how to be kinder. This week the children have written a sequel to the story of The Grunt and the Grouch. There have been some fab versions.


In maths we have been looking at place value, addition and subtraction. The children have been becoming more confident in understanding tens and ones (and in some cases, hundreds). There have been lots of activities linked to adding on and subtracting, including missing number problems, knowing and using our number bonds and problem solving.


Understanding place value

Solving missing number problems

In science we have started out new topic of sound by going on a sound walk. We heard lots of different sounds around our school.


In theme our new topic is Wonderful Weather. We have been recording the weather in a weather diary, learnt about clouds and went on a loud hunt and we have begun to find out more about weather in other countries by learning about the seven continents.

Cloud hunt!

In art we have made some lovely sun catchers after hearing a folk tale about the sun.


Next week in maths we are moving on to multiplication and division. We will be counting repeated groups of objects in 2s, 5s and 10s, using arrays to help with repeated addition and solving division problems.


In English we will moving on to looking at poetry.


Could you please keep the middles from your kitchen rolls and send them into school for an art activity we would like to do with the children in a few weeks.


Mrs Rynott is celebrating that May is the Month of Mary by having an assembly next Friday. Could we ask that your child bring some flowers in for this if possible. Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend.


Enjoy your bank holiday weekend!

Sun catchers

Year 1 Scarecrows!

Looking at historical artefacts

Matching analogue and digital times on Easter Eggs

Array City

Friday 11th March 2016


We have had a lovely morning this morning- Harry and Betty from The Scarecrows' Wedding had written us a letter asking for our help in making Scarecrow biscuits for their wedding. The children had to carefully follow the instructions to make them- they were yummy! Miss Doran will be letting Harry and Betty know they were a success!

Our letter from Harry and Betty

In maths this week we have been learning about multiplication and division. We looked at groups of 2s, 5s and 10s and we also learnt about arrays to represent multiplication calculations. Some children made pictures for our Array City display (photos to follow) and some children made arrays using Cheerios....yes they did get to eat them! We looked at sharing for 2 days. The children had experience of sharing cubes between plates to see what happens when we share.

Making arrays with Cheerios

Snuggle Up With A Book

Year 1 Assembly

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Friday 4th March 2016


The staff in Year 1 are super proud of the children after their wonderful Mother's Day assembly. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


In English this week we have continued with our instructional writing. We have read a lovely book called 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' and we wrote our own instructions based on this. Next week in English we will be sharing the story of the 'Scarecrow's Wedding' by Julia Donaldson.


In maths we have been finding the difference between 2 numbers by finding the 2 numbers on a number line and counting the jumps. Next week we are looking at multiplication by counting groups and division by sharing.


In theme this week we started looking at the Great Fire of London. We started off by creating a timeline of events. Next week the children will be finding out about Samuel Pepys.


In Science the children continued finding out about the human body by focusing on our skeleton. Next week they will be learning about our senses.



Funny Bones

Finding the difference

Looking at differences between now and the past

Friday 26th February 2016


What a lovely start to a very short half term. We came back to school this week with the wonderful news that Miss Mitchell had had her baby girl on Friday 19th February. India Eve is a real beauty and will be visiting very soon!



In English we have begun learning about instructions. The children know that they need to have imperative verbs (bossy words) along with a title, a what you need list and a method with numbered steps. The children wrote their own instructions of How to Make a Marvellous Medicine after enjoying hearing the story of George's Marvellous Medicine in our story time. They also had the chance to follow instructions of How to Make a Smiley Face biscuit with Miss Dinza.

How to Make Smiley Face Biscuits

In Maths the children have been learning about number sequences, odd and even numbers and the 2s, 5s and 10s times tables.


In theme the children wrote letters to the Queen. Next week we will be starting to focus on the Great Fire of London.


In Science our topic moved on to that of the Human Body. The children named and labelled different parts of the body.


In Art we looked at Van Gogh's Starry Night, the children used crayons to create the starry night background and cut building shapes out of black paper to glue to the background. These look fantastic and will be used to create a display.


We would like to invite you to our first Lenten prayer service at 9:00am on Thursday 3rd March and our class assembly on Mother's Day at 9:00am on Friday 4th March.



February 2016


We continued looking at fantasy stories in English by focusing on The Wild Things by Maurice Sendak- one of Miss Doran's favourite picture books.

The children learnt to re-tell the story with actions. They wrote captions for different pictures in the books, created a story map, wrote descriptions of the wild things and planned and wrote a sequel for the story where the wild things sailed to Max's house- they did a fab job!


In Maths the children have learnt about capacity. They had lots of practical opportunities to measure the capacity of water and sand.

The children have also been learning about the properties of 2d shapes. Some children made 2d shapes using matchsticks.
In Science we have continued learning about Everyday Materials by going on a material hunt and investigating the best material to keep an ice troll frozen.

In theme we have been learning about the Queen.


In Art our focus has been Van Gogh, the children have had the opportunity to sketch a vase of roses and look closely at sunflowers and drawing them in detail. They then drew sunflowers using a range of mediums- chalks, pastels, paints and colouring pencils. These have made a lovely display in our classroom.

January 2016


The children had a very busy January.


In English the children began by looking at funny poems. The children had a go at reading tongue twisters and a range of different humorous poems. They found rhyming words in other poems and wrote some of their own funny poems based on alliteration.


We then looked at fantasy stories. We focused on a short film entitled 'Baboon on the Moon' for 2 weeks. The children made predictions, wrote descriptions of the baboon, sequenced the story, looked at speech bubbles and then wrote the story of Baboon on the Moon.



Sequencing the Baboon on the Moon

In Maths we have learnt about place value in 2 digit numbers, compared and ordered numbers, solved problems, learnt about grouping and sharing objects and arrays. We also looked at weighing where the children had the opportunity to compare the weight of different objects as well as weighing objects using non-standard units such as the number of cubes a glue stick weighed.


In science we have explored different types of materials. The children sorted different objects into groups of what material they are made from.
The children investigated which material would be best to make an umbrella to keep Fred Frog dry,
In theme the children have been learning about London, we found out where London was located and we found out about many of the tourist attractions London has. The children really enjoyed sharing the story of Katie Morag in London.

Wednesday 6th January 2016


It was lovely to return to school yesterday and hear the children so excited about their Christmas holidays. Another busy term awaits us! 


Today we have recognised the feast of the Epiphany by beginning the day with a prayer service. The children then retold the story of the wise men visiting the baby Jesus this afternoon.


Yesterday we began our 2 week English topic of funny poetry, we have shared a poem about teachers and their pets, which the children have enjoyed. In maths we are looking at place value.


Our science topic this term is about everyday materials. We started this yesterday afternoon by exploring a range of different materials. The children had to sort these and describe them. We will continue this topic up to half term.


In our Theme, we will be looking at London. Up until half term we will be focusing on the geographical aspect of

London, after half term we will take a more historical approach linking to the Great Fire of London, as well as the Royal Family....we may have a treat in store for the children. 


P.E. with the sport coaches will take place on Fridays this term. As this takes place outside (unless it is raining) pleasure can you provide your child with joggers and a warm top.



Friday 18th December 2015


All the staff in Year 1 would like to wish the children and their families a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays!

And the seeds grew into candy canes! Merry Christmas Sparkle- thanks for all the fun!

Ooh exciting!

Sparkle decided to cover himself in stickers!

Sparkle left us a Christmas tree.

Greedy Sparkle!

Do you want to build a snowman?

Sparkle decided he was the teacher!

Snow Angel!

A big well done to all the children in our fantastic nativity play 'The Hoity Toity Angel' all the Year 1 staff are very proud of you! 

Cheeky Sparkle!

Sparkle made us a paper chain!

Our Christmas crafts.

Sparkle brought us books from Santa!

Wednesday 2nd December 2015


Sparkle had left us a letter today saying he was unable to fly back to the North Pole last night so wasn't able to bring the treat Santa has for us- hopefully he'll make it tonight! 

When Santa left an early present!

Year 1 are ready for Advent

Friday 27th November 2015


Today has been a hive of activity in Year 1. As part of our whole school Advent Art Day the children have been busy making different decorations, which I'm sure you'll be very proud of. Mrs Oluremi has the job of turning their hard work into a display for the classroom so pictures of that to follow. 


As today was to prepare for Advent, following on from Miss Doran's assembly in the morning, we spent time in the afternoon reflecting on not only how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus but how we should be acting and treating others during this time. 


A big thank you to those parents who have sent in their child's costume, can we please have the rest in by 3rd December as we are having a pre-dress rehearsal on this date, before performing to the rest of the school on Monday 7th December and to parents at 9:30 on Tuesday 8th December. The children have been working so hard in their practises. 


Hopefully you will have received an invite from your child to our Advent prayer service on Thursday morning. This will be held in the Year 1 classroom from 9:00. All are welcome. 


Key Stage 1 and Reception mass is to be held in the hall on Friday 4th December. 


Advent Art Day

Monday 23rd November 2015


Last week started with an Anti- Bullying assembly led by Mrs Fowler and Miss Carey. We followed this theme in the classroom by sharing a story about bullying, discussing different ways you can be bullied and how someone who is bullied might feel. The children had to think about people they can turn to if they are bullied.

We have been enjoying different activities linked to our story Jack and the Flum Flum Tree. In English the children were reporters and wrote a newspaper report about Jack finding the Isle of Blowyernose. In art the children really enjoyed weaving to design a patchwork sack for Jack.

In maths the children have been learning about money. They have learnt the different coins, how to count 1ps, 2ps and 5ps as well as finding different ways to make different amounts up to 20p. We will continue our work on money this week.


Friday is Advent Art day where we will spending the day preparing for Advent in different ways. We will think about what Advent means to us, get our classrooms ready for Advent and Christmas, as well as lots of fun art activities.


If you know your child is not going to be school for our Christmas play 'The Hoity Toity Angel' on December 8th can you let Miss Doran know as soon as possible please. The children have been working very hard on our play and it's really coming together. Those children with speaking parts will have these sent home to learn this week.




Children in Need

Friday 6th November 2015


The children have taken inspiration from Bonfire night and have spent the week writing poetry, ending with acrostic poems today- they did such a good job! 


In maths we have been counting in 2s and 10s and thinking about more and less than different numbers. 


We have started our new science topic of Light and Dark by going on a hunt for light sources and dark places. 


In our theme lesson this afternoon we talked about our favourite toys. Parents it would be nice if you could talk to your child about toys you played with. 


Next week we are beginning to look at the Julia Donaldson story 'Jack and the Flum Flum Tree'. 


The children were all given homework today- I would like this back by Wednesday please. Enocurage your child to present this work as neatly as possible please. Spellings were also sent home to be learnt for next Friday.


Can I please ask parents to remind children to put their reading books in the basket when it needs changing. 


Next Friday for Children in Need, the children can come to school dressed as their hero. Either a superhero costume or dressed as someone who is a hero to them- maybe a doctor, nurse or fireman. We are asking for £1 donation please. 

Thursday 5th November 2015


Today we had a visit from the school nurse which was very informative. She advised the children on how often to brush their teeth (once in the morning and once before bed), how to brush their teeth, gums and tongue as well as informing the children about sugary snacks and drinks. A Fruit Shoot has 6 teaspoons of sugar in, a box of raisins has 5 teaspoons of sugar and a large bag of Haribo has 40 teaspoons of sugar in! Treats are ok as long as they are in moderation and eaten with a meal.

Dental Nurse

Friday 23rd October 2015


Well what a busy first half term Year 1 have had. All the staff are so proud with how they have transitioned into Key Stage 1 from Reception. Excellent progress has been made with all the hard work the children have put in. 


It was lovely to see so many parents at our parent evening this week. Please don't forget if you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to either speak to Mrs Fowler in the morning or the teachers at the end of the day. Communication between parents and school is very important.


After half term we will spend a week looking at poetry based on Bonfire night before moving on to sharing the book by Julia Donaldson 'Jack and the Flum Flum Tree'. 


In maths we will continue with counting in 2s and will be begin to look at different areas of measurement.


We're very excited about our theme of Toys- comparing old and new toys as well as making our own stuffed bear.


All the staff in Year 1 hope you have a relaxing week off. Your homework is to have fun! 


See you back in school for Early Bird Week on Monday 2nd November.

Friday 16th October 2015


This week we have completed maths, phonics and reading assessments, as well as writing in role as The Little Red Hen. 


Next week the children will be re-writing the story of The Little Red Hen as a recount, making sure time vocabulary such as first, next, then, after that and finally are included.


We will be finishing off our Science topic of plants and our Theme unit of Our Local Area. 


Wednesday 21st October there is a parents' evening where you can book an appointment with Miss Doran to discuss how your child has settled in to Year 1.


Don't forget, school is closed to children on Friday 23rd October.

Wednesday 7th October


The children were all Little Red Hens today and made bread to take home. We hope it was yummy! 

Year 1's Bread

Friday 2nd October


Another busy week in Year 1. The children enjoyed looking at the story of 'The Smartest Giant in Town' and learnt about writing lists and captions. Next week we will be learning the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and using this to write a recount. 


Today the children went on a 3d shape hunt, we will be continuing learning about shapes next week. 


PE kits went home today. After a week of lots of exercise, the kits need a wash. Can they please be back in school for next Wednesday. 

Thursday 1st October


What a busy day we have had today. First we started off with a walk into town to see what is in our local area. We saw lots of Tudor buildings, then we had a little look at the fountain before we managed to see Peeping Tom and Lady Godiva coming out of the clock in Broadgate. We then had a look around the Old Cathedral and then the new. We then had a long walk back to school but there was no rest for us when we got back- we were straight into a Zumba session led by Maggie Gallagher. The children absolutely loved it! I'm sure the children will sleep well tonight! 

Year 1 Zumba

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Friday 25th September 2015


Thank you to all the parents who attended our Meet the Teacher meeting yesterday. It was lovely to meet so many of you. 


This week in maths we have been subtracting from single digits and moving on to subtracting from numbers up to 20. We also spent time learning the days of the week and the months of the year. We have been learning songs to help the children to remember them.


In English we have done lots of writing. The children wrote new versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, they wrote letters to Miss Doran to advise her of what to do with the magic beans Jack left and also wrote newspaper reports about an incredibly happy beanstalk. What a busy week!


Next week we are focusing on 2d shape in maths and lists and captions in English. 


In Science we have found out about wildflowers as well as keeping a close eye on the beans we planted. 


In Theme we talked about the type of home we lived in. Next week we are going for a walk into town to see more of our local area. 

Year 1 Beanstalks!

Friday 18th September


Another fabulous week in Year 1 this week. The children have enjoyed acting out parts of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk- we have some budding actors in our midst! We have been keeping a close eye on our beans that we planted, the children are very excited to see that they have started to grow! 


Today we have enjoyed our art day and have created stars and self portraits for displays within the school 


All children should have had a reading book and have been heard read either by Miss Doran or Miss Mitchell. Reading books can be changed on a regular basis, as long as the reading record is signed. The children need to place their reading wallets in the basket. Please can you support us with this by listening to your child read on a regular basis, as well as reading to your child. There is a direct link between a child's reading and writing.


Miss Doran is looking forward to meeting the parents at our 'Meet the Teacher' on Thursday after school. Hopefully any questions or queries you may have can be answered then.


Tuesday 8th September 2015

Well what a surprise we had in Year 1 today- Jack left us a note and some magic beans! We were all very excited!

There are lots of hands on activities in Year 1 related to our English topic of Jack and the Beanstalk- green playdough to make a beanstalk, beans to sort and small world set up as Jack's house to encourage re telling of the story. 

We are a community of Love

Thursday 3rd September 2015


Well what a fab first day we have had in Year 1! You are all little stars. We hope you enjoyed your day too.

Parents can we request that you send a filled water bottle into school with your child everyday please. Thank you. 

Wednesday 2nd September 2015


Miss Doran and Miss Mitchell are very much looking forward to meeting our new Year 1 children on Thursday! 

We can't wait to show you your new classroom and start our exciting journey together.